You have the right to organize!!
WHERE DOES MY RIGHT TO ORGANIZE COME FROM?
The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) gives private sector employees (not including supervisors or managers) the right to take part in concerted activities to improve their wages, hours, and working conditions, including;
- The right to meet with co-workers
- The right to petition or leaflet
- The right to organize a union
- The right to picket
- The right to strike
WHAT DOES THE LAW REQUIRE OF EMPLOYERS?
The National Labor Relations Act places the following requirements on Employers:
- Employers may not interfere with efforts to organize a union, or punish employees who take part in organizing.
- Employers must recognize unions chosen by a majority of employees.
- Employers must bargain in good faith with unions about wages, hours, and working conditions.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE EMPLOYER VIOLATES THE NLRA?
Violations of the NLRA are unfair labor practices. After a hearing, employers may be ordered to:
- Reinstate employees discharged for taking part in concerted activities
- Reimburse employees who lose pay or other benefits because of unfair labor practices
- Bargain in good faith with unions
Taken from: Schwartz, Your Rights on the Job, The Labor Guild of Boston The following information is also available: